In some African countries, female circumcision is a widely practiced tradition. But as more attention is shone on the practice, also known as female genital mutilation, it's come with other consequences. An African reporter has gone into hiding after her report on the practice in Liberia was published.
A new sewing factory in Monroviais trying to become one of the first start-up factories in the world, and the very first in Africa, to manufacture 'fair trade certified' apparel. The World's Jason Margolis reports.
Charles Taylor, the one-time president of Liberia who insists he had close ties to the U.S. intelligence services, will find out this week whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison. Taylor is accused of financing and arming rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone, encouraging and abetting their war atrocities.
For today's Global Hit, we hear from Emmanuel Gardiner, whose family left Liberia for the United States after a coup in 1980. Among his most treasured possessions was Michael Jackson's album ?Off the Wall.?
Liberia is trying to rebuild its tourism industry, almost 10 years after the country's brutal civil war ended. This week, it welcomed its largest group of tourists in decades, when a cruise ship docked in Monrovia. Bonnie Allen has the story.
The Lemelson MIT Prize recognizes inventors whose designs improve lives. This year's winner, Ashok Gadgil, helped bring light to 100 million people in the developing world, designed fuel-efficient cook stoves and created a simple way to purify water.